President Obama coming to Bay Area


President Barack Obama will arrive in the South Bay later Thursday for a visit that will include a pair of Democratic Party fundraisers Thursday night and a talk at the Fairmont hotel in San Jose on Friday morning.

The president is scheduled to arrive at Moffett Field in Mountain View Thursday evening and then head to Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee fundraisers at the home of tech entrepreneurs Mike and Marci McCue in Palo Alto and the Portola Valley home of Neeru and Vinod Khosla, co-founder of Sun Microsystems.

Obama will spend the night in San Jose and will speak at the Fairmont on Friday morning about the Affordable Care Act and its benefits for Californians before departing from Moffett Field later in the day.

While he is in town, protesters plan to let him know how they feel about issues such as the Keystone XL, a proposed pipeline that would carry oil from tar sands in Canada to the Gulf Coast. The project has been harshly criticized by environmentalists.

“We want to show him we’re passionate about this issue and remind him what he campaigned on,” said Fay Chazin-Seidelman, who is planning to participate in a protest tonight at University Avenue and Middlefield Road, near the site of Obama’s first fundraiser today.

The protest is being organized in part by the environmental group CREDO, which held similar demonstrations during the president’s last visit to the Bay Area in April.

“He speaks to wanting to reduce global warming and climate change and he’s very big on alternative energy sources, so it would be kind of hypocritical for him to in any way consider supporting the Keystone pipeline,” Chazin-Seidelman said.

This morning, immigrant advocates held a sit-in at Fruitvale Plaza in Oakland to call on the president to stop what they call unjust deportations of undocumented immigrants.

The group East Bay Immigrant Youth Coalition was among the organizers of the event, which was scheduled for 8 a.m. at the plaza at 3411 E. 12th St. in Oakland.

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